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Safety and Security

Safe and secure infrastructures and services for passengers and  goods

Safety and security are a core components in creating sustainable urban mobility, and are primary areas of action within CIVITAS, particularly in making roads safer and more secure for 'vulnerable' road users.

Improving the safety and security of modes can be an extremely important step in encouraging users to change (or even try) alternative modes, especially when they are perceived as 'unsafe' (e.g. cycling in cities with little dedicated infrastructure, or taking public transport at night).

Within this thematic group, safety and security measures cover infrastructure, education, technological and promotional measures.

More information

For more information on safe and secure travel, contact Vilja Anttila, and to join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page. Take a look at the cities, which are already members of this thematic group, and view resources relevant to members below.

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 27/07/2015

The Mount Hope-Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association persuaded the city to place an eye-grabbing mural smack in the middle of the intersection. The hope is the artwork, now part of a pilot traffic project, will make drivers focus and navigate the crossing with caution. (Here’s a 360-degree, street-level view.)

Please refer to: http://indopulse.com/2015/07/23/how-well-do-street-murals-help-calm-traf...

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 27/07/2015

EU cities are invited to participate in the sixth edition of the Access City Award - The European Prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people.

European cities over 50 000 inhabitants will have the opportunity to present their activities and strategies designed to make cities barrier-free, better places for everyone to live and work.

For more information, please refer to: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=89&newsId=2237&furth...

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 26/06/2015

Around 138,400 pedestrians and cyclists lost their lives on EU roads between 2001 and 2013. 7,600 were killed in 2013 alone.

Deaths among pedestrians and cyclists, who are the most vulnerable road users and whose use of the roads is being encouraged for reasons of health and sustainability, account for 29% of all road deaths across the EU. Pedestrians killed represent 21% and cyclists 8% of all road deaths.

Later this year the European Commission is going to revise the Pedestrian Protection Regulation and the General Safety Regulation which set technical requirements applied to all new motor vehicles sold in the EU market. These laws provide an opportunity to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety by setting new standards for vehicles’ frontal protection systems, introducing active in-vehicle safety technologies and adopting new standards for safer goods vehicle cabin designs.

Read more: http://etsc.eu/making-walking-and-cycling-on-europes-roads-safer-pin-fla...

Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 10/06/2015

More than 40 organisations concerned with road safety from across Europe together with 11 members of the European Parliament have sent a letter to President Jean-Claude Juncker urging him to not drop setting new EU target to cut serious road injuries. POLIS is among the signatories.

The long-planned initiative had been reconfirmed in a Commission press release (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4656_en.htm?utm_source=ETSC&u...) as recently as 24 March, and has already been strongly supported by member states (http://register.consilium.europa.eu/doc/srv?l=EN&f=ST%2016951%202010%20I...) and the European Parliament (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&reference=P7-TA-20...).

The letter and full list of signatories can be downloaded here (http://etsc.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015-06-09-letter-juncker_web.pdf).

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Submitted by Tito Stefanelli on 08/06/2015

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Find more info about  "Cycling motorway - Aalborg", CIVITAS ARCHIMEDES (2008-2012)

 

 

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Submitted by Caterina Di Bartolo on 08/06/2015

Find more at the presentation by F. M. Contenti

Submitted by Jamie Hough on 06/05/2015

Hello,
We are designing a behaviour change intervention for car dooring targeted at taxi drivers and passengers in the City of Melbourne, Australia.

As part of this process we are trying to identify effective countermeasures that have been proven elsewhere. We are looking for evidence, based on properly evaluated interventions, to inform the design of our own program.

From an initial web-based search we have identified a small number of potential case studies. However, as is usually the case, only limited information is available online.
We would be extremely grateful if you could share any information about projects that may relate to this topic.

We are particularly keen to know:
- the behavioural goals
- the involvement of external stakeholders (e.g. Representatives for taxi drivers and taxi regulators)
- what did it involve / what activities were undertaken
- what tools were used / developed
- the costs involved in delivery
- the monitoring and evaluation framework
- the outcomes (intended and unintended)

Your assistance would be most welcome. Or, if you are unable to help but can point us in the right direction, we would be very grateful.

If you would like further information about the work we are doing, please do not hesitate to ask.

As a gesture of gratitude for your help, we are happy to share the outcomes of this research with you.

Thanks,
Jamie Hough
Designer Researcher
Studio huss
jamie@studiohuss.com

Submitted by Andrea Bogi on 16/04/2015

On February 26th 2015 the CIVITAS Thematic Group Safety and Security organised a peer-review in Malaga on how to improve the city's cycling network.

The peer-review group was composed by a total of 9 participants: the peer-reviewers from the city of Utrecht (Mr Jan Bloemheuvel and Mr Ruud Ditewig), 6 representatives from the city of Malaga and 1 representative from the city of San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Italy) as thematic group participant. Candela Bravo from CIVITAS WIKI was also present to coordinate the activity.

The peer-review exercise started with a site visit of a section of the current cycling infrastructure in Malaga’s east coast, followed by an interactive session on the “Cycling policies and infrastructures in Malaga” focusing on the following topics:

  • Construction Techniques and Materials used in Bicycle Lanes
  • Junctions and sensitive spots
  • Cycling parking facilities (safety and security measures)
  • Coexistence between bicycles and pedestrians

The discussion was very fruitful and the peer-reviewers provided many feedback, comments and recommendations. 

A final session was instead dedicated to the cycling planning of the city of Utrecht.

More information on the results of the peer-review can be found here: http://www.civitas.eu/content/international-seminar-cycling-policies-and-peer-review-exercise-conjunction-civinet-spain-0

The ‘good practices’ section of the ERSCharter website is now open for submissions. A good practice can be any set of actions (strategies, measures, methods, approaches etc.) that have been successfully addr...

Author: Richard Adams
02/05/2019 - 18:41

In 2018, there were approximately 25,100 fatalities resulting from road accidents in the 28 EU Member States. The figures represent a decrease of 21 per cent compared to 2010, and one per cent compared to 2017.

Indeed, with an average of 49 road deaths per one million inhabitants, Europea...

Author: Richard Adams
12/04/2019 - 13:57

Registration for this year's CIVITAS Forum Conference is now open! This edition of Europe's leading sustainable mobility event is taking place from 2-4 October in Graz, Austria.

Author: Richard Adams
25/03/2019 - 12:53

The study also looks at infrastructure costs and how these are covered by relevant taxes and charges. One of the main findings is the extent of the overall external costs of transport, estimated at around €1,000 billion annually (almost 7% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the 28 EU Member S...

Author: Richard Adams
10/01/2019 - 16:02

As a small island state, Malta has one of the highest population densities and per capita car ownership rates in the European Union. The need for a modal shift to alternative modes has been identified, but results from a survey of Maltese residents show there remain numerous barriers to people en...

Author: Suzanne Maas
07/12/2018 - 15:08
18/02/2020
Increasing safety for unprotected road users: examples from strategy, policy and collaboration in Stockholm and CIVITAS Eccentric Policymakers and experts are invited to a workshop focusing on how to increase safety for unprotected road users using simple and low-cost methods.
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19/10/2016
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) is organising the 6th Annual European PRAISE Conference on work-related road safety.
13/10/2016
Following the recent call for a cycling strategy from the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Council, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions, a new policy report prepared by the European Transport Safety Council and the intense advocacy work done by the European Cycling Federati...
27/09/2016
Especially relevant voor those involved in recently started CIVITAS and innovation projects - Combine your visit to the CIVITAS Forum with an inspiring CIVITAS Training on Tuesday 27 September. Photo: Billion Photos/Shutterstock
05/07/2016 to 06/07/2016
CIVITAS Study Tour and Thematic Workshop – Parma/Reggio Emilia (Italy) 5-6th July 2016 LINKING TERRITORIES: LONG TO SHORT DISTANCE CO-MODALITY
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20/06/2016
For two years, European progress on improving road safety has stalled. At the 2016 PIN conference, ETSC will launch its latest annual report explaining why some countries are still making progress, some have stagnated, and several are going in reverse. We’ll also be highlighting two areas where EU a...
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CIVITAS QUOTES: CIVITAS & Economy - LED (Light Emitting Diode)

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Give way to safety

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CIVITAS QUOTES: A first-class cycle highway

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CIVITAS QUOTES: Surveillance of passenger security

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Policy Recommendations For EU Sustainable Mobility Concepts based on CIVITAS Experience

The Policy Recommendations present the main findings arising from the evaluation of the CIVITAS Plus Collaborative Projects (CPs), which ran from 2008-2012.

This publication was written under the auspices of the CIVITAS POINTER project, which supported five collaborative projects (CP s) implemented within the framework of the third edition of the CIVITAS programme. Evaluation and monitoring were the key stones of CIVITAS POINTER. Drawing from first-hand, corroborated statistical evidence gathered from participating cities, this publication presents the results of the CIVITAS Plus cross-site evaluation and policy assessment. These findings support the development of clear European-level policy recommendations that have the potential for being embraced by all European cities — not just those which make up the CIVITAS community.

The document seeks to identify factors that can boost the effectiveness and consistency of future strategies, thereby securing greater sustainability in urban mobility patterns. Policy makers are provided with contemporary facts for debating purposes, and a number of conclusions and recommendations based on lessons learnt from CIVITAS Plus are put forward.

STRENGTHENING ROAD SAFETY LEGISLATION: A practice and resource manual for countries

Do you develop road safety legislation for your country? WHO’s guide on strengthening road safety legislation is now available in English, French, Russian and Spanish. The guide describes how to enact new laws or amend existing ones on key risk factors.

Giving back the public space to the people - Mobility measures in Vitoria-Gasteiz

In the context of the next CIVITAS study tour hosted by the city of  Vitoria-Gasteiz on the 196&20 June 2014, an interested document presenting the mobility measures implmented by the city has been created:  

The main measures presented:

  • Superblocks project;
  • Traffic calming measures;
  • Freight distribution areas and limitations;
  • New Public transport network;
  • Local Bicycle Mobility Plan.

Should you have any question, please contac:

Environmental Studies Centre of Vitoria-Gasteiz

Asier Sarasua Garmendia asarasua@vitoria-gasteiz.org

 

 

CIVITAS reaching out to younger generations

CIVITAS Reaching out to younger generations - Sustainable mobility: Cycling in Porto

 

On the 26th of February 2014 CIVITAS organized a thematic workshop with students of the "Agrupamento de Escolas Alexandre Herculano" in the city of Porto (PT) to promote city cycling among the young generations.

First CIVITAS MIMOSA Policy Statement 2009 on Safety & Security